Women’s Basketball Defeated at Lafayette, 56-32

Women’s Basketball Defeated at Lafayette,  56-32

EASTON, Pa. – Led by Jamie O'Hare's career-high 18 points, the Lafayette Leopards rolled to a 56-32 victory over the Brown women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center. With the loss, the Bears fall to 5-7 on the season, while Lafayette improves to 6-8.

Junior point guard Lauren Clarke paced the Brown offense again with 11 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while senior captain Sheila Dixon added nine points and recorded six boards.

Cold shooting marred the Bears' offensive effort today as they only mustered 19 percent shooting from the floor while converting just 2-of-27 treys. The much taller Lafayette squad exploited the mismatches early on and utilized an inside-out attack. Lafayette scored 34 points in the paint and added 16 points off the Bears' 17 turnovers.

In the first half, the Leopards came out hot shooting 44 percent from the field while going 50 percent form beyond the arc. Six-foot-seven forward Danielle Fiacco and six-foot-three guard Emily Homan combined for 23 points, including 17 in the first half.

The teams battled for the first nine minutes of the game, with Lafayette holding just a one-point advantage, 12-11, with 11:07 on the clock. Lafayette used a 21-3 run over the next nine minutes to take a commanding 33-14 lead at the 2:43 mark. Freshman Natalie Ball nailed a trey to close out the Bears' scoring in the first half to head into the locker room down 37-17.

In the second half, both Brown and Lafayette shot under 20 percent from the field, as the teams combined for just 34 points. Lafayette edged Brown in scoring, 19-15, to close out the game with a 56-32 advantage.

Brown went 6-for-6 from the charity striple, but Lafayette won the battle of the boards, 46-45. 

The Bears are back in action at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Holy Cross.